TikTok is a Chinese-owned (ByteDance) version of VideoTwitter -- where you can upload short videos (3-60 looping videos). Since the App is highly popular, and created with Chinese Government sponsorship and regulatory rules, it has been called a "national security threat to the West", especially amongst armed services personnel because it can convey location, image and biometric data to its Chinese parent company, which is legally unable to refuse to share that data to the Chinese government.
Examples: TikTok : 4 items
2019.11.27 Detention Camps - A 17-year-olds (Feroza Aziz) TikTok account was temporarily suspended after she talked about Chinese detention camps during a makeup tutorial on the video app. TikTok claims it not because she criticized China (and that "[TikTok] does not moderate content due to political sensitivities"), but rather because of a previous video she had posted, on a previous account, which referenced late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. (It was her phone that was blocked because of that, not the account). It appears that TikTok was in the right, but people are highly leery of trusting Chinese controlled social media.
2019.12.30 U.S. military bans TikTok - U.S. Army and Navy banned Chinese App TikTok from all government-issued devices (and suggest the same for private devices). The Australian military copied the Americans. The reason is because the App was created with Chinese Government sponsorship and regulatory rules, so it can convey location, image and biometric data to its Chinese parent company, which is legally unable to refuse to share that data to the Chinese government.
2020.01.30 Live Action Banned - A pro-life organization (Live Action) has done Journalism by exposing abortion conglomerate Planned Parenthood. Journalism and facts that expose abortion groups was considered “violating community guidelines" for the Chinese controlled social media platform TikTok, so Live Action was perma-banned for telling uncomfortable truths (despite over 21,000 followers).
2020.06.19 Trump Rally Attendance - There was a FakeNews scandal where ABC, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, NPR and all the usual far-left sources were gleefully reporting that Trump's rally attendance was low because kids organized a campaign via TikTok to RSVP and take all the tickets. It was FakeNews because it was false. RSVP was unnecessary and it was first-come, first-serve like all the other rally's, so their campaign did nothing to take other people's spots by not showing up. Any place with journalists (fact checkers) would have known that. The reason attendance was lower than some predicted (still higher than anything Joe Biden could muster) was foul weather, news hype about COVID likely scared off some, expected violence from the mainstream left (BLM, and other Democrat activsts). There were agitators harassing people at the gates and preventing attendance. But the media misreported all of that, and was celebrating cheating, lying and bullying as a way of disrupting their political opponents -- showing that they're not journalists, but left wing propagandists.
Social Media are organizations with the state purporse of helping users connect and share media (information) with other users. Basically, they exist for allowing user-generated content (text, posts, photos, videos), to enable free speech. Because of the rabid far-left agendas of Silicon Valley tech companies, they are bifurcating their industry, nation (and world) into those that value free speech (even offensive stuff), and big tech which values only far left speech and is willing to censor uncomfortable truths for despotic regimes (including themselves or the DNC). more...